See me live on teh Internets – Govt2010 conference: Blogging, Social Media and New Media @10.30 am, 22/10/09

by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2009

I’m speaking tomorrow, Thursday 22 October, at the Government 2010 conference as part of a panel discussion on ‘Blogging, Social Media and New Media’. It’s chaired by Iain Dale (who else?), and I’ll be on a panel alongside fellow bloggers, (…)

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NEW POLL: How should the Lib Dems increase their number of female MPs?

by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2009

At the Speaker’s Conference yesterday, Nick Clegg delivered a frank assessment of the Lib Dem Parliamentary Party, calling it “woefully unrepresentative of modern Britain”. It’s not hard to see why. No ethnic minority MPs, and just nine female MPs among our 63 representatives. Woeful is the word.
The real question is: what to do about it? […]

Vince: Equitable Life defeat a blow to policyholders who lost half their pensions

by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2009

A few months ago, Lib Dem shadow chancellor Vince Cable tabled an Early Day Motion in the Commons to attempt to pressure the Government to treat fairly the Equitable Life policyholders who lost their pensions due to “serial maladministration” by the, erm, Government. Rather remarkably, the EDM attracted 331 signatures, a recent record, and over […]

Finding a way in your will

by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2009

So, on Sunday morning I sat down to write my will. I should have done so seven years ago, when I first took out a mortgage and gained a foothold on the property ladder. But I put it off, and (…)

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Rennard’s expenses clearance: Party needs to learn some lessons in transparency

by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2009

What’s the correct response to the news that Lord (Chris) Rennard has been cleared by the Clerk of the Parliaments of any wrong-doing over his allowances claims? I ask because I think there are some important issues at play here for how we, the Lib Dems, as a party can help restore trust in democracy.
First, […]

Robbie lives

by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2009

Should owning all Robbie Williams’ albums (except the greatest hits*) be listed as a ‘guilty pleasure’? I don’t think so: the guy’s a post-ironic hero, as the Grauniad’s Alexis Petridis sums up neatly in his review of Robbie’s live show (…)

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Lib Dem Voice has a new co-editor

by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2009

A parish notice on behalf of the LDV team …
I am delighted to announce that Mark Pack is joining me as Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, effective immediately. Mark was a founding member of LDV, alongside Rob Fenwick, back in August 2006. His first post was entitled, Ming Campbell movie online. Ah, those were the […]